Australian Police Help Nab Nigerian 419'er
Mahesh Sharma writes on Australian IT:
Queensland police have helped Nigerian authorities nab a 23-year-old Nigerian man who allegedly used a fake female profile on a romance website to defraud a Queensland man of $20,000.More here.
The accused, who was arrested and charged with fraud by the Nigerian Economic Financial Crimes Commission last week, is alleged to have targeted a 45-year-old Queensland resident by posing as a female on an online relationship website and convincing him to send money.
Queensland Police Service Fraud and Corporate Crime Group Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said there had been 10 arrests to date as a result of joint sting operations conducted with the Nigerian authorities.
"It's getting better than it was," Mr Hay said. "It's not where it could be, but a it's darn sight further down the track than it was a couple of years ago.
"We know there are hundreds and thousands of victims out there just by looking at the flood of money leaving Australia. It demands attention."
Romance sites are among the biggest growth areas for advance-fee fraud crime groups, as scammers move beyond spamming millions of email inboxes to find fraud targets.